We're proud of all the exceptional speakers who contributed to ISSP Conference 2014! This page includes the bios of our speakers, leaders, and presenters, representing the cream of the crop of sustainability profession from around the world. You can also view the detailed schedule of events and the program schedule overview online or, if you attended the conference, you can access this info, view speaker presentations, and message other attendees on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Dorothy Fisher Atwood, ISSP Past President. Speed Networking, Thurs. Nov 13 from 9:15-10:15. Dorothy is the principal of her own Oregon-based sustainability consultancy. She has over 30 years of experience in management systems and sustainability consulting. Her focus is helping organizations integrate sustainability, energy performance improvement or environmental stewardship into their organizational fabric using management system tools (e.g. ISO 50001 or ISO 14001). Ms. Atwood is co-founder and on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP). She instructs for the on-line ISSP sustainability certificate program and the University of Oregon Sustainability Leadership program. She also co-manages the Portland-based ResourceFull Use program that explores innovative methods for resource sharing and by-product synergies between organizations.
Christine Bader, Author of The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil. Evolution of a Corporate Idealist, Thurs. Nov 13 from 10:45-12:00. Christine Bader is the author of “The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil.” She is a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, where she co-teaches a course on Human Rights and Business, and a Human Rights Advisor to BSR. After earning her MBA from Yale in 2000, Christine joined BP and proceeded to work in Indonesia, China, and the U.K., managing the social impacts of some of the company’s largest projects in the developing world. In 2006 she created a part-time pro bono role as Advisor to the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Representative for business and human rights, a role she took up full-time in 2008 until the U.N. mandate ended in 2011. Christine has published numerous op-eds and articles and given talks to conferences, companies, and universities around the world, including a TEDx talk entitled “Manifesto for the Corporate Idealist.” She lives in her native New York City with her husband, son, and daughter.
Sarah Beaubien, Director of Sustainability at Farmer Bros Coffee International. Building Resiliency in Supply Chain Communities: A New Hub for Thought Leadership, Investment and Action, Thurs. Nov 13 from 2:30-3:45. As Director of Sustainability for Farmer Bros. Co., Sarah develops and implements strategy, process, and systems to support sustainability and corporate responsibility—linking people, planet, and profits. Through an innovative lens, she guides a culture of sustainability, both internally and with all stakeholder relationships. Through impact tracking, waste and water reduction, greenhouse gas emission reduction, renewable energy, sustainable coffee portfolio management, stakeholder engagement, and stewardship projects, Sarah aspires to create transparent and sustainable coffee, tea, and spice supply systems. Prior to her current role, Sarah spent six years as an Account Manager and a Product Manager at Coffee Bean International, a division of Farmer Brothers. Before joining Coffee Bean International, Sarah spent ten years planning and coordinating marketing strategy in various industries. Sarah holds a BA from The Colorado College in Literature and Secondary Education and an MBA from the University of Portland in Marketing and Sustainability. During her non-working hours, Sarah is active in Slow Food USA and the Oregon Food Bank and enjoys yoga, biking, reading, photography, urban farming, cooking, exploring local restaurants and food carts, traveling, and adventuring with her husband and young son.
Deanna Bratter, Senior Manager of Corporate Sustainability at WhiteWave Foods. Comparisons that Count: Wise Metrics Strategies for Organizations and Communities, Fri. Nov 14 from 2:15-3:30. Deanna Bratter, Sr. Manager of Corporate Sustainability at WhiteWave Food COmpany in Broomfield, CO, joined the company in 2005 and managers its environmental and social sustainability strategy and initiatives. In her role, Deanna sets the strategy and programs to drive WhiteWave's goals to reduce their impact on the environmental (focused on emissions, energy, waste, and water) and improve responsible sourcing and sustainable packaging. She oversees teh company's annual Greenhouse Gas inventory and manages reporting including WhiteWave's first Corporate Social Responsibility and Carbon Disclosure Project reports. Deanna also supports programs for the company’s ongoing brand improvement efforts for Silk Plant-Based Beverages, Horizon Organic Dairy and International Delight coffee creamers. Deanna holds dual degrees from the University of South Florida, obtained Sustainability Leadership and Implementation Certification from the University of Denver.
Paul Brown, Patel College of Global Sustainability. Water Stewardship: Managing Water Risks; Plenary Session, Water Panel, Thurs. Nov 13 from 4:00-5:00. Brown, AICP, M.ASCE, Visiting Professor and Director of Applied Research, University of South Florida, Patel College of Global Sustainability. Mr. Brown has nearly 40 years experience in project development, project finance, and the planning and management of public utilities and environmental facilities for clients that include the states of California and Colorado; the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD); the Santa Clara Valley Water District; the Orange County (CA) Sanitation District, and the Orange County (CA) Water District.From 1975 to 2013, he held various positions at CDM Smith, a global engineering and construction company. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President and was a 12-year member of the firm’s Board of Directors. In addition, he was the Founding Technical Director of CDM Smith’s Neysadurai Centre for Integrated Urban Solutions in Singapore. Brown is co-editor (with Vladimir Novotny) of the book Cities of the Future: Towards Integrated Sustainable Water and Landscape Management, published by IWA; co-author (with Vladimir Novotny and Jack Ahern) of the book Water Centric Sustainable Communities, published by John Wiley & Sons; and a contributor to Growing Greener Cities: Urban Sustainability in the Twenty-First Century, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. A member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Brown’s educational background includes an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (1982); an MA from the University of Rochester (1973); and a BA from Tufts University (1971).
Susan Burns, CEO of Global Footprint Network. ISSP Hall of Fame Induction & Wisdom Panel, Thurs. Nov 13 from 12:30-2:00. Over the last decade Susan has built Global Footprint Network into one of the leading and most respected scientific organizations in the world addressing global ecological limits. She continues to lead the overall strategic direction of Global Footprint Network and now advises governments and financial institutions on incorporating ecological risk into financial risk analysis and government policy. Prior to launching Global Footprint Network, Susan founded the pioneering sustainability consulting firm Natural Strategies, advising such companies as Mitsubishi Electric, Genencor, and Lowes.
Drew Campbell, Deputy Director, Sustainability Performance Office, US DOE. Plenary Session, Energy Panel, Fri. Nov 14 from 8:00-9:00.
Beth Chacon, Environmental Policy Relations Manager at Xcel Energy. Energy Trends Policy and Embedding Initiatives: Sustainability Practitioners Going Beyond; Plenary Session, Energy Panel, Fri. Nov 14 from 8:00-9:00. Beth Chacon is Environmental Policy Relations Manager at Xcel Energy. Her responsibilities include supporting and developing environmental policy initiatives. She has worked on environmental and sustainability reporting, state and legislative initiatives related to renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction initiatives and the company’s solar energy strategy. Beth has worked for Xcel Energy for over 15 years. Prior to her time in environmental policy, she worked in marketing and supported the development of customer energy efficiency programs and the Solar*Rewards program for customers interested in PV. Beth is a licensed Professional Engineer and received her engineering degree from Purdue University and her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota.
Mary Beth Côté-Jenssen, Senior Manager of Donor Relations at Water for People. Building Resiliency in Supply Chain Communities: A New Hub for Thought Leadership, Investment and Action, Thurs. Nov 13 from 2:30-3:45. Mary Beth recently joined the team at international nonprofit Water For People as the Senior Manager of Donor Relations. In her role, she focuses on strategically engaging stakeholder groups to support the organization’s mission to build a world where all people have access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Mary Beth was motivated to join the team at Water For People after seeing the impact of international development work first hand through her significant travel experience in rural Central America in her role at Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. Working on Keurig’s Supply Chain Outreach team, she managed a portfolio of international development programs and supply chain partnerships aimed at improving the lives of the farmers, workers and families within the company’s coffee supply chain. Mary Beth’s professional impact was recently recognized through her election as a One Young World Ambassador.
Julian Crawford, ISSP Board President. 2014 Sustainability Hall of Fame Induction, Thurs. Nov 13 from 12:30-1:00. Julian is a Chartered Accountant and Sustainability Consultant and has a science and business background. Having originally studied zoology at Oxford University, England, he then worked internationally as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Julian has over fifteen years’ experience in the futures and sustainability fields in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Julian was one of the founders of EcoSTEPS, a sustainability strategy and training consultancy. He now works as a Senior Advisor with Net Balance which is one of Australia’s leading sustainability services firms. Julian works in a senior advisory capacity on projects, particularly those with a strategic and futures focus, across all sectors including the private, government and civil society sectors. Julian has been a director of the Futures Foundation and Environs Australia. He is currently President of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals
Thomas Day, Chief Sustainability Officer at USPS. Employee Engagement at the U.S. Postal Service, Fri. Nov 14 from 9:15-10:30. Thomas Day was named Chief Sustainability Officer in June 2011. He leads the USPS effort of being a sustainability leader by creating a culture of conservation throughout the Postal Service and leading the adoption of sustainable business practices. Prior to serving in this role, he was Senior Vice President, Intelligent Mail and Address Quality (2007-2011) and Senior Vice President, Government Relations (2005-2007). From 2001-2005, he was Vice President, Engineering. Day is a third generation employee who entered the Postal Service as a management associate in the Northeast Region in 1984 following five years’ service as an officer in the U.S. Army. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering in 1978. He represented the Postal Service as a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, where he earned a master of science degree in management in 1996.
John DeRose, Practice Leader at Ernst & Young. Untangling the Audit Maze, Thurs. Nov 13 from 2:30-3:45. John is a CPA in Ohio and Colorado and is practice leader in E&Y’s Sustainability Services Group. He works with clients to help address operational risks and capitalize on value creation related to environmental, social, governance and compliance matters. John has more than 18 years of reporting, assurance, risk management, and controls experience serving large multi-national organizations. John works with those responsible for financial reporting, risk management, internal audit, sustainability, investor relations, supply chain and procurement. John is a member of the AICPA Assurance Services Executive Committee Sustainability Task Force. He also works with AICPA’s Conflict Mineral Task Force which is focused on preparing CPAs to help their clients address Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act which requires companies to publicly disclose their use of conflict minerals.
Angie Fyfe, Renewable Energy Director at ICLEI USA. Energy Trends Policy and Embedding Initiatives: Sustainability Practitioners Going Beyond; Plenary Session, Energy Panel, Fri. Nov 14 from 8:00-9:00. Angie Fyfe, LEED AP O+M, is the Renewable Energy Director for ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability, USA a global non-profit, whose mission is to build, serve and drive a movement of local governments to advance deep reductions in GHG emissions and achieve tangible improvements in local sustainability. Angie’s prior experience includes the executive director of the U.S. Green Building Council, Colorado Chapter and as the associate director of the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office.
Jennifer Gallegos, Fair Trade USA. Building Resiliency in Supply Chain Communities: A New Hub for Thought Leadership, Investment and Action, Thurs. Nov 13 from 2:30-3:45. Jennifer works at Fair Trade USA, the largest Fair Trade Certified™ organization in North America. In her role, she leads the organization’s biggest category (2nd most traded commodity in the world – coffee) to bridge corporate business strategy with social responsibility and sustainability. Jennifer and her team work with over 400 companies ranging from multi-national to small businesses (Keurig Green Mountain, J.M Smuckers, Dunkin’ Brands, McDonalds, Whole Food, WMI), to define strategies taking into consideration People, Planet, Profit, educating stakeholders, communicating with consumers, sourcing responsibly, and assessing impact. Jennifer has over 25 years sales and marketing experience and brings expertise and practical experience in developing strategic framework, creating alliances, relationship management and collaboration. She is also an active and recognized leader in the coffee industry focusing on gender inequality. She currently serves on the BOD for the IWCA (International Women’s Coffee Alliance) with chapters in 17 countries working to empower the millions of women working in coffee and living in poverty around the world. She is a member of the International Relations Committee (IRC) incubated by the Specialty Coffee Association of America. The IRC brings together industry thought leaders to find solutions to the global issues facing coffee. Jennifer’s prior experience includes roles on the prestigious joint ventures at PepciCo forged by Lipton® and Starbucks®. She was also on the leadership team at a respected specialty coffee roaster in the NW. She is a huge animal and youth advocate, has a B.S. from CSU and lives in Southern Colorado.
Chris Hagler, Climate Change and Sustainability Services Southeast Practice Leader, Ernst & Young. Influences and Trends in Sustainability Reporting and Assurance, Fri. Nov 14 from 9:15-10:30. Chris Hagler is the Southeast Leader for EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice. Chris has more than 25 years of experience working with companies to help set strategy and improve processes and systems. Over the last five years, Chris' work has focused on leveraging her business acumen to create and implement effective corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. Chris has worked with Fortune 500 and major privately held companies on projects to help them set their strategy then determine metrics and measurement processes to assist in achieving their goals. Chris has an BBA from the University of Toledo and MSM from Georgia Tech.
Maureen Hart, Executive Director of ISSP. Welcome to ISSP Conference 2014, Thurs. Nov 13 from 8:00-8:15 and Kickass Tools that Make Sustainability Happen, Fri. Nov 14 from 11:15-12:30 and Closing Remarks, Fri. Nov 14 from 4:45-5:00. Maureen Hart is the Executive Director of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP). Prior to becoming the ED of ISSP, Maureen was the President and founder of Sustainable Measures, is an internationally known expert on sustainability indicators and the author of the Guide to Sustainable Community Indicators on measuring sustainability. Both the guide and the related web site (www.sustainablemeasures.com) are being used world-wide by organizations and communities working on understanding and measuring progress toward sustainability.She also created the on-line version of S-CORE, the sustainability assessment tool that is part of the suite of sustainability tools that ISSP offers its members.
Jeffrey Hollender, Founder and CEO of Hollender Sustainable Brands. The Responsibility Revolution: The Business Case for Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Thurs. Nov 13 from 10:45-12:00 and ISSP Hall of Fame Induction & Wisdom Panel, Thurs. Nov 13 from 12:30-2:00. Hollender Sustainable Brands has developed and markets Sustain condoms, the first US brand ofcondoms that is certified to be fair trade, free of chemicals of concern and sustainably produced. Jeffrey is also Adjunct Professor of sustainability and social entrepreneurship at New York University and the co-founder of Seventh Generation. He is also a board member and former Board Chair of the Greenpeace US; co-founder and Board Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council, a coalition of 200,000 business leaders committed to progressive public policy, and a board member of Verite.
Marilyn Johnson, Director of Corporate Sustainability at IHS. Untangling the Audit Maze, Thurs. Nov 13 from 2:30-3:45. Marilyn is committed to advancing the culture and profession of sustainability, and adoption of sustainable business practices. Marilyn has nearly 20 years of experience developing and executing strategy to advance Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability in global companies. Marilyn is an active professional in the Sustainability field, including her role as VP of the ISSP Board; an SASB Advisory Council member and through involvement with the AIHA Stewardship and Sustainability Committee. Johnson is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, Sustainability Leadership program, Seattle University's Executive Leadership Program; holds a Master’s degree in Health Science from the University of Toronto; a Bachelor’s degree in Biology; and a Bachelor’s degree in Physical and Health Education, both from Queen’s University in Canada.
Christopher Juniper, Director of Shadowcliff Associates. Site Tours of Denver, Wed. Nov 12 from 1:00-4:30 and Comparisons that Count: Wise Metrics Strategies for Organizations and Communities, Fri. Nov 14 from 2:15-3:30. Mr. Juniper is a 15+yr international sustainability performance consultant for organizations and governments, including senior positions at Rocky Mountain Institute and Natural Capitalism Solutions, and numerous international conference presentations and university lectures/courses. He has developed several sustainability tools for lifecycle management, organizational integration, and government sustainability performance management. His focus as director of the non-profit consultancy Shadowcliff Associates is sustainable community development, which builds upon his 12+ years as a city/regional/state economic development manager. His community metrics work began in Oregon in the early 1990s and he’s produced advanced sustainability metrics trainings for organizations since 2007.
Bruce Klafter, Senior Director of Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility at Flextronics, Untangling the Audit Maze, Thurs. Nov 13 from 2:30-3:45. Bruce Klafter is a respected leader in environmental, health and safety (EH&S) and sustainability circles. He has joined Flextronics, a socially-responsible, global leader in design, manufacturing, distribution and aftermarket services, to provide strategic direction to the Company's EH&S initiatives. His role includes regular consultation with senior management on EHS matters, including participation in the Compliance Council and the Corporate Sustainability Leadership Committee (CLSC). Bruce is also responsible for leadership in executing the Companys sustainability and corporate responsibility plans, particularly as it relates to EH&S. Previously, Bruce leveraged his unusual blend of business, environmental and legal expertise to help integrate sustainability strategy into Applied Materials' worldwide operations. See http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=12769636&trk=nav_responsive_tab_... for more detail.
Anne Klein, Vice President of Administration and Sustainability at Newton Running Company. B-CORP Overview: Measuring What Matters, Fri. Nov 14 from 7:00-7:45am. Anne has been with Newton since the Company’s 2007 public launch and has played an integral part of the initiation and management of a broad range of functions over the course of her seven years with the company, including customer service, marketing, sponsored athletes and ecommerce. Today she focuses on the Newton Running Company culture, driving the HR function and the Company’s innovative approach to attracting, engaging and retaining the most passionate staff in the running industry. Anne also leads Newton Running’s sustainability efforts, ensuring the Company is recognized as a leader in the athletic footwear industry. She is a member of the Outdoor Industry Association’s Sustainability Working Group, she lead Newton Running’s participation in the Sustainable Apparel Coalition Higg Index Footwear Pilot, and Newton’s successful effort to become the first running shoe brand to achieve B Corp Certification. Mission-based to her core, Anne had a distinguished management career in the non-profit sector prior to joining Newton. She has held senior positions at Harvard Business School, where she ultimately served as Campaign Director for HBS’ $500 million campaign, and as VP of Development at the Children’s Hospital Foundation in Denver, CO. She holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and Ed.M. from Harvard University. Anne’s eclectic leadership experience mirrors her life outside of work. She is an endurance athlete who has completed multiple full and half marathons, triathlons and the Birkiebiner 50K Nordic ski race. In a former life she was a competitive skydiver (earning a gold medal at the US National Skydiving Championships), and bicycle racer (including a year racing in Italy). She speaks Italian, is a jeweler, gardener and bee keeper. Her favorite Newton Running shoe is the Motion.
Dan Kreeger, Executive Director of the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO). Energy Trends Policy and Embedding Initiatives: Sustainability Practitioners Going Beyond; Plenary Session, Energy Panel, Fri. Nov 14 from 8:00-9:00. Daniel Kreeger is co-founder and executive director of the Association of Climate Change Officers. He has vast experience collaborating with government entities, environmental NGOs, academic institutions and the private sector, and has a unique familiarity of key climate/sustainability initiatives at most Fortune 500 companies, top 100 government contractors, and government entities. Dan has produced a broad range of climate/sustainability focused education and training programs such as the GreenGov Symposium, The Climate Leadership Conference and ACCO’s CCO CertificationTM program.
Hunter Lovins, Natural Capital Solutions. ISSP Hall of Fame Induction & Wisdom Panel, Thurs. Nov 13 from 12:30-2:00 and The Edge Economy: Creating an Economy in Service to Life, Thurs. Nov 13 from 2:30-3:45. Lovins is President and Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions, which educates senior decision-makers in business, government and civil society to restore and enhance the natural and human capital while increasing prosperity and quality of life. She has co-authored several seminal works in the field, including the ground-breaking book Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution and most recently co-wrote The Way Out: Kickstarting Capitalism to Save Our Economic Ass. She has taught sustainable business management at Bard College, Bainbridge Graduate Institute in Seattle, Washington, and Denver University, and was a founding professor at Presidio Graduate School's MBA in Sustainable Management program.
Rachel Madan, Sustainability Officer at IFC, IFC Waste Challenge: Creating a Global Campaign to Reduce Waste in Over 100 Countries, Fri. Nov 14 from 9:15-10:30. Rachel Madan is Program Officer for IFC's Footprint Program. She leads outreach and communications, coordinates a global network of 200 "Footprint Champions" and contributes to the Footprint Program's overall strategy. Before joining IFC, she founded and managed Greener Museums, a sustainability consultancy focused on the cultural sector. In this role, she worked with over twenty-five of the UK's leading museums and galleries to develop sustainability strategies that led to the eventual reduction of $500,000 in costs and over 1000 tonnes of carbon, as well as attracting $200,000 in new sustainability funding. She has worked for the Alliance to Save Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC; The Gold Standard in Basel, Switzerland; and Radley Yeldar in London. As a CSR Consultant with Radley Yeldar, Rachel advised companies such as Marks and Spencer, Clifford Chance, 3i and Capita on their CSR strategy and reporting.
Joel Makower, Chairman and Executive Editor of GreenBiz Group Inc. Opening Keynote Address: State of Green Business, Thurs. Nov 13 from 8:30-9:15 and ISSP Hall of Fame Induction & Wisdom Panel, Thurs. Nov 13 from 12:30-2:00. Joel is an award-winning author and a leading voice on the intersection of sustainable business, clean technology and innovation. He hosts GreenBiz.com’s annual GreenBiz Forum as well as the VERGE conferences produced around the world by his company, and is author of the annual “State of Green Business” report. Joel speaks widely to companies around the world. He is author of more than a dozen books, including his latest, Strategies for the Green Economy (2008). The Associated Press has called Joel "The guru of green business practices."
Andrew Mangan, Executive Director of the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development. Keynote Address: Why is Scaling Up So Damn Hard? Fri. Nov 14 from 1:00-1:45. Andrew Mangan is co-founder and executive director of the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development, a non-profit association of businesses launched in 1992 to create and deliver value driven sustainable development projects in the United States. US BCSD activities are designed to generate economic returns and address environmental and societal challenges. Current projects include financing energy efficiencies in buildings, multi-industry material and water synergies, and land use gamification. The US Business Council is one of 65 national councils worldwide associated with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a network of 200 companies with members drawn from 30 countries and 20 major industrial sectors. Mr. Mangan received a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he also attended the School of International Affairs as an International Fellow. Prior to organizing the Business Council he served as deputy commissioner for natural resources with the Texas General Land Office, worked as a congressional correspondent for the Associated Press, and commercially fished salmon in Southeast Alaska.
K.J. McCorry, eco-officiency and ISSP Conference Co-Chair. World Café Facilitated Plenary Session, Fri. Nov 14 from 3:45-4:45. K.J. is the founder of eco-officiency which offers sustainability consulting services to small and medium businesses. She specializes in sustainability planning, assessments and employee training. She is a contributing author to Simple Path to Sustainability; Green Business Strategies for Small and Medium Sized Businesses released in 2011. K.J. is a current instructor for the Sustainability Practices program at the University of Colorado Boulder Environmental Center. She also serves on the University of Colorado Denver Managing for Sustainability Advisory Council. K.J. has served on multiple non-profit boards committed to social and environmental responsibility, Director of PassageWorks Institute and former co-President of CORE (Connected Organizations for a Responsible Economy). She has held positions including Director of Businesses for Social Responsibility- Colorado Chapter; Past President and founding member of Colorado P3: People, Planet Profit. K.J. is an MBA graduate of the University of Denver and also a LEAD Fellow. She has certifications in LEED, GHG Accounting, and the GRI.
Jane Okun Bomba, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability, IR & Communications Officer at IHS, a global information company. A VIew from the C Suite, Fri. Nov 14 from 11:15-12:30. Jane has over 30 years of experience in investor relations, communications, sustainability, brand and corporate finance including financial planning and analysis, and accounting. After helping HIS complete a successful IPO in 2005, Jane assumed responsibility for many company challenges including the development and implementation of a single global ERP, which replaced over 40 accounting systems in 17 global locations. Jane is also responsible for launching the company’s Corporate Sustainability function, now one of the company’s five core company goals. Jane holds both a BGS and an MBA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and completed graduate studies at the Stockholm School of Economics. Jane serves on the boards of International Relief and Development, the National Investor Relations Institute, and the Denver Economic Development Corporation.
Kara (Seeley) Peck, Business Development Lead at B Lab Colorado. Site Tours of Denver, Wed. Nov 12 from 1:00-4:30 and B-CORP Overview: Measuring What Matters, Fri. Nov 14 from 7:00-7:45am. Kara leads business development for B Lab’s Colorado office, working to grow the community of companies using business as a force for good. Kara has over ten years of experience in sustainability, business development and strategic management. Prior to joining B Lab in 2014, Kara lead business development for several leading sustainability consulting firms. Her expertise includes strategic planning, new business development, marketing and strategic partnerships. Kara holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an International MBA from the Daniels School of Business at the University of Denver. Kara has served in a volunteer leadership capacity for many non profit organizations and business associations, including Net Impact, CORE and ISSP. In her free time, Kara is a ballroom dance competitor and performer. A Denver native, she now lives in Arvada with her husband and stepson.
Josh Radoff, LEED AP BD+C, Co-Founder and Principal of YR&G. B-CORP Overview: Measuring What Matters, Fri. Nov 14 from 7:00-7:45am. Josh is Co-Founder and Principal of YR&G, a sustainability consulting company with offices in Denver, New York, and Chicago. YR&G works on a range of green building and corporate sustainability projects across the country and internationally. Josh is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Denver, teaching classes on Sustainable Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy Systems. He is also co-chair of the ULI Colorado Healthy Places Committee, a Board Member of DRCOG’s Sustainable Communities Initiative Executive Committee, and a current member of USGBC’s Market Advisory Committee. Josh has a background in sustainable energy engineering and holds Masters’ degrees in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and Columbia University in New York.
Tad Radzinski, co-founder and President of Sustainable Solutions Corporation and Certification Officer for GreenCircle Certified, LLC. Life Cycle Assessment: A Key to Driving Sustainability, Fri. Nov 14 from 11:15-12:30. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and M.S. in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering from Villanova University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a Certified Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP). Tad also served as the Waste Minimization Program National Expert for the Environmental Protection Agency from 1997 to 2007. With 30 years of practical experience, Tad has been a trusted advisor for Fortune 500 companies across a wide range of industries. He has assisted clients with the development and integration of sustainable product innovation programs, has been instrumental in assisting clients with developing more sustainable products and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs, and has experience with the Health Product Declaration Pilot Program. Tad has also certified close to 30 buildings to various LEED rating systems. Tad is a recognized industry expert, educator, and speaker. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at Villanova University and assisted with development of the Masters of Sustainable Engineering Degree Program. He teaches graduate classes in Sustainable Manufacturing, and Advanced Life Cycle Assessment/Introduction to Sustainable Product Design, and Sustainable Buildings and Operations.
Susan Rokosz, Senior Environmental Engineer, Environmental Quality Office, Ford Motor Company. Susan's areas of global responsibility include manufacturing sustainability, regulatory policy support, and voluntary reporting. She has been with Ford Motor Company for 33 years. Susan has a B.S. degree in Chemistry and a M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, both from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan.
Will Sarni, Director and Practice Leader of Enterprise Water Strategy at Deloitte Consulting LLP. Water Stewardship: Managing Water Risks; Plenary Session, Water Panel, Thurs. Nov 13 from 4:00-5:00. Will has been providing environmental, and sustainability services for over three decades. Sarni’s diverse client list includes global Fortune 500 companies and non- governmental organizations (NGOs). An internationally recognized thought leader on sustainability and corporate water strategies, Sarni is a frequent speaker as well as a columnist on water strategies for GreenBiz. He is the author of Corporate Water Strategies (Earthscan 2011,) and of the forthcoming book, Water Tech - A Guide to Innovation, Investment and Business Opportunities in the Water Sector (Routledge 2013). His forthcoming book in 2014 is titled, “21st Century Growth: Beyond the Energy – Water – Food Nexus.”
Tim Swales, VP, R&D and CSO at Johns Manville. The Future of Sustainable Innovation, Fri. Nov 14 from 2:15-3:30. Tim Swales is responsible for R&D across all JM’s businesses with constant focus on sustainability strategy and achievement of sustainability goals. JM is headquartered in Denver, CO. Swales joined JM December 2001 for Engineered Products Group with primary emphasis on growing glass fibers, nonwoven capabilities and product portfolio. He spent more than 17 years prior at 3M/3M Imation, with over 25 years of international product development and commercialization experience, virtually all his experience focused on new materials and application development. Swales received a Ph.D. in physical polymer chemistry from U of Manchester, England.
Pierre Francois Thaler, Co-Founder of EcoVadis. Sustainable Procurement: Time to Measure Value Creation, Fri. Nov 14 from 2:15-3:30. Pierre-Francois is the co-founder of EcoVadis, which operates the 1st collaborative platform, allowing companies to assess the Sustainability performance of their suppliers. Since its launch in 2007 more than 100 "Global 500" companies have selected the EcoVadis solution to manage risks and drive eco-innovations in their supply chain across 100 countries. Pierre-François brings 15 years experience in Procurement and business development of innovative solutions for Procurement organizations and was previously CEO of B2Build SA the 1st B2B marketplace for the European construction industry. Prior to founding EcoVadis, he was a director of Ariba Procurement BPO business in EMEA. Pierre-Francois has been presenting on Sustainable Procurement at 50+ conferences in Europe and USA. He is the author of multiple research studies on Sustainable Supply Chain with HEC and INSEAD Business Schools and is a member of the strategic advisory board of the Sustainable Procurement Leadership Council.
Jerry Tinianow, Chief Sustainability Officer at the Office of Mayor Michael B. Hancock, City and County of Denver. Welcome to Denver, Thurs. Nov 13 from 8:15-8:30 and Comparisons that Count: Wise Metrics Strategies for Organizations and Communities, Fri. Nov 14 from 2:15-3:30. As Denver's Chief Sustainability Officer, Jerry Tinianow works to ensure that the critical resources upon which the City depends are available and affordable to everyone, now and in the future. his work is organized around the City's 2020 Sustainability Goals, which are among the most ambitious of any American City. Jerry previously served as a national officer of both the Sierra Club and the National Audubon Society, and also practiced law for over two decades with two of Ohio's largest law firms. Jerry received his undergraduate and law degrees from George Washington University.